Hi I have the same year and model vito. I also am having touble with 2nd and 4th gear selection. I have to forcefully hold the gear lever down into these gears, once in they hold there, but it feels as if they barely enter in. i've tried adjusting the shift cables but to no avail. tonight I found a thread here which looks as if it has the answer I'm looking for
I have just ordered one of these parts and fingers crossed it'll do the job.
This is what I ordered MERCEDES VITO GEAR SELECTION PROBLEMS??? on eBay, also, Mercedes-Benz, Car Parts, Cars, Parts Vehicles (end time 10-Nov-08 06:56:50 GMT)
Hope this will be of help.
Forgot to mention this is a genuine MB parthello Vanish,
The part that you ordered from ebay does work in most cases I would say 99% the problem is with a plastic part on the select tower as it is plastic it wears on one side making gear selection difficult to select on your down gears (reverse, second and fourth) when you remove the selector tower check that the rivets are secure and not loose and lubricate the joints with grease.
you should complete the job in around 20 to 30 minutes and all being well your gear selection should be alot more positive, regards.
Lol, I was surprised too, came to a grand total of 71p inc vat. Must be the cheapest part mb do lol!Thanks for the comments. Still awaiting the delivery of my part and Ill post up the results.
hipringle, I'm supprised to say the least I never thought I'd hear anyone say that MB was cheaper than Ebay, must be some kinda confidence trap to lure people in. Arkwright used to employ such tactics in open all hour you know!